Top Headlines - part 11
BUSINESS June 15, 2015 | 12:18 PM
- Change affects manufacturing, parts factories
- U.S. automakers making more vehicles with less plants
- Customer demand high for larger vehicles
Ford Motor Co., the second-largest U.S. auto manufacturer, plans to shorten the annual summer shutdown at five of its manufacturing plants and nine stamping and powertrain plants in preparation to produce an extra 40,000 vehicles.
This is the third consecutive year, Ford has shortened its shutdown.Read more »
BUSINESS June 11, 2015 | 1:45 PM
- In the future, sensors would alerts cities where repairs are needed
- Technology available on two models
- Jaguar sees disappointing first quarter
British luxury auto manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover is hoping to make driving a lot smoother and reduce vehicle damage.
The company has developed technology that senses potholes and alerts drivers. It also will be able to sense broken drains and raised manhole covers.Read more »
BUSINESS June 10, 2015 | 2:34 PM
- SUV should be released in autumn
- A software update for Model S to include driver assist
- Tesla to offer battery power to homes, businesses
Tesla Motors Inc., the smallest and youngest publicly held American automaker,will release its long awaited Model X SUV, CEO Elon Musk says, in three to four months.
On order since it was unveiled as a concept car in February 2012, the Model X was originally planned to go into production in 2013 with a scheduled delivery in August 2015. Technical glitches delayed production several times.Read more »
BUSINESS June 9, 2015 | 1:06 PM
- GM says it is cooperating fully with investigators
- Company struggling to regain its image
- GM rejects Fiat merger proposal
The U.S. Justice Department has released an interview it conducted last year with General Motor Co. CEO Mary Barra.
The interview was concerning the company’s ignition-switch problems. The switches slipped out of place, turning off the engine, airbags, power steering and power brakes. GM knew of the issue for a decade but did not issue a recall until 2014.Read more »
BUSINESS June 8, 2015 | 10:57 AM
- Technology works by detecting blood alcohol levels
- Auto manufacturers would not be required to install sensors
- Critics do not believe technology will work
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration unveiled two prototypes at the 2015 Mothers Against Drunk Driving national conference aimed at stopping drunk driving.
Unlike breathalyzers used by law enforcement, there is no tube to blow into. The first prototype is a breathalyzer mounted on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The second is a touch sensor in the gear shift or ignition.Read more »
BUSINESS June 4, 2015 | 1:37 PM
- Company says it is protecting the privacy of the drivers
- Advocacy group wants records released
- Other companies testing autonomous cars report one accident
Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder and head of its fleet of self-driving cars, told shareholders the company will not release accident reports involving its autonomous vehicles to protect the privacy of drivers.
Brin said the cars have been involved in a dozen accidents, including one recently where the car was rear-ended in traffic. He said releasing the reports would not reveal any new information.Read more »
BUSINESS June 3, 2015 | 2:53 PM
- System uses Ford subsidiary’s technology
- Toyota looking to enhance the driving experience
- System to compete against those developed by Google and Apple
Toyota Motor Co., the world’s largest automaker, is partnering with Ford Motor Co. and its subsidiary Livio to use Ford’s infotainment technology in Toyota vehicles.
The system, called SmartDeviceLink, is similar to Ford’s AppLink platform which is used in 5 million vehicles worldwide.Read more »
BUSINESS June 2, 2015 | 1:09 PM
- GM and Fiat U.S. did well
- Ford saw a slight decline
- Foreign automakers saw flat sales
Auto sales in the United States grew at the fastest pace in nearly a decade last month with most customers purchasing SUVS and light trucks.
Other reasons for the influx of sales include warm weather, easier access to credit, an improved economy and Memorial Day sales.Read more »
BUSINESS June 1, 2015 | 4:48 PM
- More than half of loans now longer than five years
- More drivers opting to lease
- Senator seeking support for auto-loan legislation
The average length of auto loans has increased in the U.S., to more than five years, according to credit reporting agency Experian’s report “State of the Automobile Finance Market”.
During the first quarter, the average length of a loan was 67 months for a new car and 62 months for used vehicles.Read more »
BUSINESS May 28, 2015 | 12:43 PM
- Wired car expected to be commonplace in near future
- Systems will not replace those built into vehicles
- Hyundai offering Android Auto for 20015 Sonata
General Motors is offering Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto on 14 Chevy 2016 models. The models represent half of Chevy’s sales, 2.4 million vehicles in 2014.
Both systems work by allowing drivers to access music, emails, maps and other apps on their smartphone’s via a vehicle’s center screen. Menus are simplified and buttons are large. They will connect to GM’s MyLink infotainment system.Read more »